Social innovation labs: Game-changers in developing countries?

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Social innovation

As MindLab’s Deputy Director Kit Lykketoft pointed out in her recent blog, innovation, experimentation and alternative approaches are becoming ‘the new normal’. And this new normal is no longer exclusive to small groups of people sitting in comfortable conference rooms designing something for people in other places—it is rapidly becoming something for everybody everywhere. While… Read more »

From sun solutions to climate cafés: Nationwide campaign taps into local talent

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Filed under: Climate change Development 2.0 Environment Social innovation

While it comes to climate change, getting citizens engaged in their communities is crucial. To tap into this natural pool of talent, UNDP in fYR Macedonia launched a nationwide campaign last December, inviting members of the public to submit their own innovative proposals for tackling climate change. We received over 130 ideas – and ten of… Read more »

Cracking coconuts: Big data, gaming, maps and portals

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Social inclusion Social innovation

A good idea is like a coconut. We know that something refreshing, even energising, lies inside. Yet a coconut without tools to open it is, for all intents and purposes, quite useless. At a recent Social Innovation Camp in Dilijan, Armenia, we spent two and a half days cracking into four ideas using an array… Read more »

‘My opinion matters’: How a mobile tool in Armenia is engaging citizens

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Governance Social inclusion

About 3,000 residents from five towns and villages of Armenia are now enrolled in the Micro-referendum Tool initiative. Micro-Referendum Tool allows local governments to run SMS-polls to better reach their constituents and engage them in community affairs. The tool provides citizens an opportunity to safely express their opinions via SMS. This is especially important for… Read more »